From the landmarks in Canada to Kazakhstan, here are the top cold cities in the world based on average January temperatures.
Astana, Kazakhstan: Astana is a modern city with futuristic architecture, sparkling mosques and a series of shopping and entertainment centers. Despite the warm summer months, winters in Astana are long, dry, and exceptionally cold. The lowest recorded temperature here is minus 51.5 C. Every year, the city’s rivers remain frozen from mid-November to early April. Average January temperature: minus 14.2 degrees Celsius.
International Falls, Minnesota, USA: The people of International Falls call themselves the “National Ice Box” because the northern city of Minnesotan has a record low temperature of minus 48 C and the average seasonal snowfall of 181 cm. In one year, International Falls recorded the most sub-freezing days of any city in the contiguous US. Besides, this place is also a spectacular night sky hunting spot for photographers. Average temperature in January: minus 15 degrees Celsius.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Located on the edge of the steppe of Mongolia, at an altitude of 1,350 meters above sea level, Ulaanbaatar is the coldest national capital in the world. The city experiences extreme seasons with peaks recorded in summer at 39 C and lowest low of 42 C in winter months. In addition, the prolonged winter also makes Ulaanbaatar have an average annual temperature lower than freezing. Average January temperature: minus 24.6 degrees Celsius.
Barrow, USA: Located above the Arctic Circle, Barrow is the North Pole city of America. It has the lowest average temperature of all Alaska’s cities. The city is often cloud covered and winds are up to 96 km / h. The sun is below the horizon for 65 days a year and, on average, just 120 days a year the city experiences temperatures well above freezing. Average temperature in January: minus 25 degrees Celsius.
Yellowknife, Canada: The capital of the Northwest Territories state is located more than 400 km south of the Arctic Circle. Of the 100 cities surveyed by Environment Canada, Yellowknife is the coldest city all year round with the coldest winters, the harshest weather and the longest snowfall season. The lowest temperature ever recorded is minus 51 ° C. On the other hand, Yellowknife is also the sunniest place to have summers in Canada. Average January temperature: minus 27.9 degrees Celsius.
Norilsk, Russia: Norilsk is the most northerly city in the world with more than 100,000 inhabitants. It is also one of three major cities located in permafrost. Norilsk’s average annual temperature is minus 10 degrees Celsius, the coldest of any major city. Besides, this place also recorded the lowest heat level of minus 53 C. Due to the influence of the mining industry, this city is also one of the most polluted places on Earth. Average temperature in January: minus 30 degrees Celsius.
Yakutsk, Russia: Yakutsk is located about 450 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, arguably the coldest city in the world. Attractions such as the Permafrost Kingdom ice museum, the Christian Market and the National Museum of Art make the city a worthwhile destination for those who are good at cold. With an average temperature of 19.5 C in July, visitors can visit the city in summer. Average temperature in January: minus 40 degrees Celsius.